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2012-12-13

Keeping safe this holiday season

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Bandera City Marshal Charlie Hicks and city law enforcement officers wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Additionally, they're also offering some basic safety tips to be aware of during this holiday season.
If leaving town for the holidays:
• Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch your house while you're away.
• Ensure that all windows and doors to your home are locked.
• Leave a light on somewhere in the home, giving the impression that someone is on the premises.
• Arrange to have newspapers and mail picked up so that newspapers are not stacked in front of your home. This could be a clue to potential criminals that nobody is at the home.
In addition to these tips, also:
• Keep a close eye on your bank account activity because scams are very common during the holidays.
• When shopping, always lock your vehicle where you park and place.
• Valuable items, such as GPS, cell phones, electronics, etc., out of sight by locking them in the trunk.
• When shopping past dark, park in well-lit areas of the parking lot.
"City residents who are leaving for the holidays are urged to call the Marshal's Office at 830-796-3456 and request a residential property or "vacation check'," said Hicks. "That we can keep an eye on your property while you're out of town."